Urgent Message from a Hot Planet

  • Illustrated By: Belle Wuthrich
  • Pages:216
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Series: Orca Issues
  • Themes:global heating, climate science, environment, activism, STEM
  • Available:01/18/2022
  • Age Groups:Nonfiction Ages 12+
  • Lexile:1260L
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The climate crisis is the issue of our time.

Scientists have warned for over 100 years that burning fossil fuels and destroying nature will warm the earth's atmosphere and affect the climate in adverse ways: more severe and intense storms, prolonged heat waves, drought, flooding, wildfires, rising sea levels and ocean acidification.

Urgent Message from a Hot Planet: Navigating the Climate Crisis outlines the science behind global heating and its root causes, provides ways to take action and honors the efforts of the millions of youth and adult allies from around the world working tirelessly to make a difference. Their powerful message: do something now!

“An antidote to the crushing question that dogs many of us, but young people even more acutely – ‘What can I do about it?’ – this richly illustrated book not only explains the climate crisis in clear, engaging language, but also offers concrete plans of action.”
– The Globe and Mail
“[An] accessible first-person narrative that makes space for emotions as well as scientific facts and figures...A well-researched and emotionally impactful call to make choices that revitalize nature and our planet.”
– Kirkus Reviews
“Comprehensive…For young readers who want a deeper understanding of the climate crisis.”
– Booklist
“I encourage any interested youth – and their parents – to read this book. It is an amazing achievement – comprehensive and informative, stretching from climate science to the intersecting issues of inequality and racism. Ultimately, it is a toolbox for hope.”
“Urgent Message From a Hot Planet, with its powerful and urgent message, is a must-read. Guaranteed to spur some readers to action, it is both frightening and hopeful. Highly Recommended.”
“An excellent choice for students…Hopeful but realistic…I recommend this purchase for all middle school and high school libraries.”
– School Library Connection
“Prompts and steadies readers’ immersion into these complexities, and they will linger over the illuminating, relatable stories and works by teen environmental activists…Recommended for teens looking for facts about climate change or for those who ­understand the consequences ­already and are committed to environment activism.”
– School Library Journal
“A heartfelt plea for all of us to do our bit…Stands out from other books on the subject because it is not afraid to point a finger at the root cause of global warming and other instances of environmental degradation.”
– Montreal Serai
“Makes a clear case for taking action to keep from feeling hopeless in the face of issues that seem impossible...This is an important read for teens looking for real scientific facts about climate change. It also provides fire for those wanting to make changes.”
– Sal's Fiction Addiction
“This is a no-nonsense, make you feel better read. This is a call to action that points a path for change. Recommended for every library and science classroom.”
– Children's Literature
The Globe 100   | 2022  |  Commended
Children’s Book Council Best STEM Books List   | 2023  |  Commended
Ontario Library association (OLA) Best Bets   | 2022  |  Commended
CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection   | 2022  |  Commended